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Darts (Sept/14)

Districts are encouraged to follow the technical information and guidelines found within this manual at all times.  When changes are necessary at the District level, participants who qualify for Ontario 55+ Summer Games must be made aware that the following rules will be in use at Ontario 55+ Summer Games .

Men`s and Women`s Doubles, Mixed Doubles

Participants may compete in only one division at Ontario 55+ Summer Games .

The gold medal teams at the district level is eligible to attend the Ontario 55+ Summer Games ; therefore, each district may send a maximum of six (6) participants.

Any persons not present at the scheduled commencement of play and throughout the competition are in default and are automatically disqualified from the competition. Competitors are obligated to complete the competition regardless of their record in the competition. If a team defaults part way through the competition, the results of that team will be removed from the standings. The organizers will have an extra team available to play as a “floater” team in case there is an uneven number of teams or in case a team defaults. This team’s results will not count in the final standings.

If there are any questions about rulings, the OSGA Summer Games Technical Manual will be considered correct.


District Games - Any person 55+ living in Ontario

Ontario 55+ Summer Games   - Gold Medal Winners - District competition

NOTE: Previous Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games and Canada Games winners are still eligible to compete at the District and Ontario 55+ Summer Games level.


  1. Play will be Round Robin format, followed by a playoff, if time permits. 
  2. If possible, playoffs will consist of a Medal Round and a Consolation Round.  The split will be determined by the number of teams participating.  No more than 8 entries will qualify for the Medal Round.
  3. Each player is to play three (3) games per round, One (1) point per game each. Total points at the end of the round robin will determine the seeding for the playoffs. 
  4. A maximum time limit of fifteen (15) minutes should be set for 3 games (45 minutes best of three (3). If both players are forty (40) or below and run out of time, then one (1) dart from each player shall be thrown for closest to the bull to decide the leg.
  5. At the Regional and Provincial levels, all games will be played to 501 points for Men.  Mixed and Women divisions will be played to 401. There is no double in to start but plays must double out to finish.
  6. The number of boards available and the number of teams entered will determine the number of points per game and the number of games per match so that the round robin and playoffs can be completed in the allotted time.
Determining the Winners
  1. Placing in the Round Robin will determine seeding for the playoff format.
  2. If at the conclusion of the Round Robin, there is a tie for placings, the following procedure will be used to break the tie:  
      a. Results of head to head games;
      b. If necessary, the points scored for, divided by the points scored against, with the highest quotient winning 
      c. If necessary, then an extra game of 301 should be played between the teams that are tied.
Gold (6)     One (1) per team member
Silver (6)   One (1) per team member
Bronze (6)  One (1) per team member 


The provisions of the laws of Darts shall apply as they appear in National Darts Federation Rulebook, with the exceptions listed under “Tournament Set-Up” and “Dart Rules Summary."

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  1. Modern darts are made almost entirely of brass, varying in shape and size. However, to be efficient, a dart should have a sharpened point made of steel, a barrel to give a good grip for the fingers and a paper, feather or molded plastic flight.
  2. The dartboard in most general use is the clock board, which is divided by wires into twenty (20) equal segments, each numbered from One (1) to Twenty (20).
  3. The board should be fixed at a height of five (5) feet eight (8) inches (1.7 metres) from its centre point to the floor.
  4. It should be firmly fixed so that its centre point is five (5) feet eight (8) inches (1.73 metres) above the ground, with the twenty (20) division uppermost. An imaginary line running through the middle of the twenty (20) division to the floor should be vertical.
  1. The length of “throw” is 7’ 9 ¾” feet (2.93 metres) from the face of the board and a suitable mark should be made on the floor. This mark should be three (3) feet (0.91 metres) long running parallel to the board and the face of the line nearest the board is considered the toe line and must not be over-trodden. 

The OSGArequires at minimum the following officials for Ontario 55+ Summer Games .

For District Games, the following are only a suggestion.  Participation numbers and availability of volunteers may result in fewer officials being required.  Districts are encouraged to try to have the necessary officials to run the event successfully.

One (1) Activity Convenor

Two (2) Official Scorekeepers 

The host committee will ensure that all major officials have the required qualifications as specified by the OSGA at least one (1) year prior to Ontario 55+ Summer Games . The host committee is also responsible for any other officials required to run this event.

  1. In order to determine which player will throw the first dart of a game, either a coin toss or the closest to the bull can be used to start the first game. The loser of the coin toss (or the farthest from the bull) will start the second game. If a third game is necessary, a coin will be tossed.
  2. Players are allowed to use their own darts.
  3. In OSGA play, players do not double in but must double out.
  4. The players shall “throw” alternately, three (3) darts constituting a throw
  5. The score after each “throw” should be recorded and should be visible to all players. The method of scoring is by subtracting the last score from the previous total. The opening score is subtracted from 301.(except medal games, which would be 501)
  6. Remember you must FINISH on a DOUBLE or BULLSEYE, therefore if a player trying for “game shot” scores more or ONE less than the number required he shall cease throwing and will still require the same score as he/she needed before the throw commenced.
  7. Only those darts are scored which are sticking in the board on completion of a “throw” of three darts. Darts that rebound from the board or stick into other darts or fall out or are knocked out by other darts before the “throw” of three darts is complete are out of play and may not be thrown again until the players next turn.